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WSOP 2012, Event 16: Part One

by Matt Matros |  Published: Aug 01, 2012

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In the post-Black Friday era, it’s hard for an American poker pro to stay sharp. I played a grand total of eight events – all on the east coast – in the five months leading up to the 2012 World Series of Poker. I had no cashes. Without the experience of a recent deep run, I tried to avoid rustiness as best as I could by giving private lessons, exchanging strategy emails with my poker confederates, and reading the occasional hand discussion on a forum. But there’s no substitute for sitting at the table and playing, hour after hour, day after day. I arrived in Vegas on June 3, and the dullness in my game was evident during my first few events. I played the $1,500 no limit hold’em shootout and got heads-up against an opponent who I felt I should’ve beaten. Instead I called off all my chips with ...


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